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Wits and Shell team up on geophysics research

South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand has teamed up with global petroleum giant Shell to launch a R5 million (US$415,000) geophysics-themed research centre in Johannesburg.

Wits and Shell South Africa sealed the deal on 13 April and announced Musa Manzi, a lecturer in the university’s geosciences department, as the first director of the Seismology Reflection Centre.

Manzi says the centre will have a tangible link to industry. “The centre is aiming to collaborate with government, private sectors, mineral, oil and gas industries and other institutions in Africa to assist in alleviating the skills gap and to provide our youth with the chance of a better future,” he said in a statement.

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